I don’t even remember why, but one day, I bought some sardines. I must’ve been reading an article about sardines and happened to be ravenous at the time. The combination of hunger and what I imagined sardines to taste like churned away in my brain, until the day I found myself in the sardine aisle, facing down several choices:
With oil or without?
Oh, both, definitely. Because the oily ones, tho most assuredly better-tasting than the watery ones, were way fattening. I figured if I’m going to start on a lifelong mission of eating sardines, I’d better get used to the watery ones.
This article I read? About sardines? Was full of helpful information about how everyone should be eating sardines eight times a day. They’re packed to the gills (heh) with such nutritionals as omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorous, potassium, zinc, copper, and manganese. They are also apparently “a great source of nonmeat vitamin B12.”
AND they have some kind of other stuff that’s good for your BRAIN.
What’s not to love about the humble yet helpful sardine?
(Hint: they may taste like a butt.)
ANYway, after I bought my sardines, the next phase was to let the boxes sit, unopened, in my cabinet for about a year. Sardines are best when aged. Or . . . I made that up. Either way, there’s no expiration date, so there’s yet another benefit: sardines make great bomb-shelter food.
But I got bored waiting for a bomb scare, so one day I just opened the damn boxes.
OK. Not so exciting.
But now LOOK!
The oily ones are at the left; the watery—and worryingly pinker ones—are on the right.
The smell was overpowering. Imagine cat food, tuna, chum, and seafood juice all mixed together with month-old fish heads. Humans tend to back away from this type of stench. Cats, on the other hand:
I cannot begin to describe to you the speed with which Gus was up on that counter with his face planted in that tin. It was a blur. No sniffing, no finicky eyeballing the product. Just up, over, and out with the tongue.
So we know cats like sardines. What about JD? I had done some research on various ways to enjoy this smelly treat. Serve over rice with hot sauce. Mix with mustard and/or mayonnaise. One source recommended making them into tuna salad, so as to be “less aware of their animal-ness.”
“Animal-ness.” Now that’s what was bugging me about these sardines. They’re very animal-y, even tho they are in fact fish. It’s like eating gamey meat. You like the flavor of meat; you just don’t want it to taste too meaty, too animal-y. And so it was with sardines. I love fish. But I don’t love fishy. And from the smell of things, these sardines were FISH-AY.
So what did I do?
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So, what do you think?
- Are you now tempted to try some sardines?
- Could your brain use some essential fishy oils?
- Can you stand the smell?
- Are you into “animal-ness”?
- Oily or watery?
- Most important: Do you have cats? You’re gonna need them.